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Which phase of the EHR adoption process are you currently in?
The United States has experienced a tremendous increase in electronic health record (EHR) adoption due to the Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health (HITECH) Act and the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) EHR Incentive Program.
EHRs — real-time, patient-centered records — make health information available instantly and securely to authorized users whenever and wherever they need them. EHRs can help you:
- Streamline your workplace
- Improve quality of care
- Update information easily
- Exchange data with other care providers
EHR adoption offers great potential, but it also presents challenges to clinical organizations undergoing the transition. That’s true whether you’re moving from a paper-based system or from another EHR.
The EHR journey
Most clinicians agree that implementing an EHR is an ongoing journey. There is no single destination or end, as there’s always the opportunity to optimize workflows or improve the use of data. This section provides resources to guide you through the many stops along the road to EHR adoption and implementation. These include:
- Selecting a vendor
- Contracting with a vendor
- Implementing and adopting an EHR
- Using your EHR
- Optimizing or replacing your EHR
After you spend time using and getting familiar with your EHR, it’s time to think about how you can use your workflows to improve and optimize your EHR. This ongoing nature of the EHR journey starts each time you adopt additional health IT solutions, such as:
- Adding a patient portal
- Connecting to a health information exchange
- Participating in value-based care or new payment models
The information in this Playbook reflects lessons learned from years of implementation experience across a wide variety of clinical settings. Navigate the Playbook and select the tools appropriate for your EHR adoption journey.